Common Signs of Damaged Rotors

You know to change the oil every 5,000 miles, rotate the tires, and check your fluid levels to improve your car’s performance, but how often do you think about your brakes? Brakes are one of the most important features of your vehicle, but they’re often one of the most neglected components when it comes to routine maintenance. While replacing your brake pads will help prolong the life of your system, your brake rotors are also subject to wear and tear. Here are a few ways to tell if your rotors need to be replaced.

Squeaking Noise

If you hear a loud, persistent squeak when you slow to a stop, it might be time to replace your rotors. This is a sign that the brake pads are wearing down, and if you hear a grinding noise, your brake pads likely have worn through. Using the brakes when your pads have worn away can damage the metal on the rotor, making them less effective and potentially causing more damage down the road.

Check the Pad Level

Your brake pads are visible through the spokes on your tire when you turn the steering wheel all the way to the right or left in a parked position. If the brake pad looks worn or has signs of cracking, it’s time to replace them. If the pad has worn away, leaving the metal backing exposed, there’s a good chance they’ve been grinding on the rotors. If this is the case, your rotors may be damaged and in need of replacement.

Vibration When Braking

If your brake pedal vibrates when you push on it, your rotors may be warped. If the rotors are damaged, they should be replaced immediately. Driving with warped rotors means your brake pads won’t be able to stop you as efficiently. In severe cases, the warping can cause the brakes to fail completely.

If you notice any of these conditions, it may be time to invest in a rotor replacement. Browse our selection of OEM parts online for your Honda today. Acura Express Parts has what you need to keep your vehicle running in top condition.